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Re: Mainsheet Clutch
For ease of 'dumping' - either by mainsheet or by traveller control, consider a (Harken) trigger cleat(s) led to a Harken Hexaratchet(s).
The trigger cleat has a special 'lever' at the bottom 'throat' to the jaws .... a 'downward' pull on the line operates the trigger - and the cam cleat jaws 'explode' open.
The Hexaratchets are sheaves with 'faceted' (flat faced surfaces) which allow 'easy' and precise control of how fast the line pays out over the sheave. The tighter you 'tail' the line the more the faceted sheaves bears the strain and friction, with little to no tailing pressure the line pays out with minimal friction. Of course, all this isn't cheap; but, really saves your hands when you're constantly dumping either the mainsheet or traveller controls.
If the above interests you and you have the extra $$$ to spend, consider a Harkin 'shiftable' mainsheet control. Such can 'shift' the purchase ratios (up or down - high gear/low gear) by how much and where you tail the line. Great for NOT forming heavy thick callouses on the sides of your little fingers when constantly tweaking the mainsheet during wildly unstable wind flow.